piece de resistance


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pièce de ré·sis·tance

 (pyĕs də rā-zē-stäNs′)
n. pl. pièces de ré·sis·tance (pyĕs)
1. An outstanding accomplishment: "The bison is an evolutionary pièce de résistance, the result of thousands of years of genetic development under the toughest weather and geographical conditions" (B.J. Roche).
2. The principal dish of a meal.

[French : pièce, piece + de, of, with + résistance, staying power, lastingness.]
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pièce de résistance

(pjɛs də rezistɑ̃s)
n
1. (Art Terms) the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist's work
2. (Cookery) the main dish of a meal
[lit: piece of resistance]
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piece de resistance - The original context for piece de resistance is what one is able to resist by eating the big dish—pangs of hunger.
See also related terms for hunger.
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pièce de résistance

A French phrase meaning piece of strength, used to mean the best item in a group of creative works.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piece de resistance - the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection
curio, curiosity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity, oddity - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
rariora - (plural) rare collector's items
2.piece de resistance - the most important dish of a meal
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
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pièce de résistance

noun (French) masterpiece, jewel, showpiece, masterwork, chef-d'oeuvre (French) The pièce de résistance was a gold evening gown.
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Translations

pièce de résistance

[ˌpjɛsdərezɪsˈtɑ̃ːs] N [of programme, exhibition] → atracción f principal; (on menu) → plato m principal; [of author, director] (= novel, film) → obra f maestra
his pièce de résistance was a goal in the 89th minutedio la campanada con un gol en el minuto 89
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pièce de résistance

nKrönung f; and now the or my pièce de résistanceund nun die Krönung!
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pièce de résistance

[pjɛsdərezistɑ̃s] ncavallo di battaglia
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References in classic literature ?
Kitty and Levin would be of the party, and that this might not be obtrusively evident, there would be a girl cousin too, and young Shtcherbatsky, and la piece de resistance among the guests--Sergey Koznishev and Alexey Alexandrovitch.
The piece de resistance in the American political problem.
Doctor's delicacies but the piece de resistance was undoubtedly the big platter of sea trout.
The latter were gorging themselves upon food and, under the very noses of their white masters, preparing the gruesome feast which is the PIECE DE RESISTANCE that follows a victory in which the bodies of their slain enemies fall into their horrid hands.
From a tree which overhung the palisade he looked down into the street where he saw the preparations going on which his experience told him indicated the approach of one of those frightful feasts the piece de resistance of which is human flesh.
"Former top Flat jockey Edward Hide was one of the first through the door and was keen to take a look at our piece de resistance, the Reuben Foundation hydrotherapy pool, while the gym has also been very well received."
The piece de resistance is the brass quintet, Chesapeake, a four-movement work depicting three sailing trips that the composer took from Annapolis to St.
The 17 papers look at objectivity and co-constitution in the natural sciences, the living as a piece de resistance, objectivity and inter-subjectivity in the cultural sciences and humanities, and objectivity and inter-subjectivity in the critical tradition.
For the piece de resistance of his H&M collaboration, Alexander Wang dipped the classic puffer coat in super-reflective 3M technology.
The piece de resistance, though, is the 25ft balcony which leads from this lovely room via a set of French doors.
But Wright''s piece de resistance came in February 2006, ahead of an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Chelsea (pictured).
Then the "piece de resistance" was applied, a black face mask, full of mineral goodness.